Truman Among Top Producers of Fulbrights

Five Truman graduates are currently serving as Fulbright scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year, a distinction that places the University in the top five master’s colleges and universities in the nation for number of award recipients, according to the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

All of Truman’s Fulbright recipients teach English in schools or universities. Students selected and the countries for which they received grants include: Shawn Bodden, Georgia; Clara Dahmer, Andorra; Ashley Kleiner, Taiwan; and Hope Schaeffer, South Korea.

Additionally, Bethany Hoekzema, an MAE graduate, was named one of 12 recipients of the Fulbright/HAEF Teaching Fellowship co-sponsored by the Fulbright Program and the Hellenic American Educational Foundation. Hoekzema is currently teaching in Greece. Fellows act as young ambassadors and provide a cross-cultural educational experience by infusing their culture, ideas, language and knowledge into the school’s community.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Truman was recognized in the Oct. 28 online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education for being a top producer of Fulbrights.

Truman Fulbright recipients, from left to right: Ashley Kleiner, Clara Dahmer, Shawn Bodden and Hope Schaeffer. Not pictured: Bethany Hoekzema.